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November 27, 2018

Enhancing Career Opportunities for Higher Educated Youth with SEN or Disabilities

  Youth I.D.E.A.S. 36 Society and Livelihood Enhancing Career Opportunities for Higher Educated Youth with SEN or Disabilities 27 November, 2018     Under the Education Bureau’s Integrated Education Policy, the term “special educational needs” (SEN) refers to students who have learning problems or disabilities, including specific learning difficulties, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, physical disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language impairments, and mental illness. Under the Hong Kong Rehabilitation Programme Plan, the categories of disability also include all of the types of SEN mentioned above.   Students with SEN may also be known as […]
October 30, 2018

Improving Incentives for Women’s Employment

  Youth I.D.E.A.S. 35 Employment and Economic Development Improving Incentives for Women’s Employment 30 October, 2018     According to the Census and Statistics Department,[1] the overall labour force participation rate in Hong Kong will decrease gradually from 59.2% in 2016 to 49.6% in 2066. The figure reflects the fact that the labour force is gradually shrinking due to an aging population, a trend that might hinder Hong Kong’s overall economic development. Consequently, in its latest report, the Employment and Economic Development Group of the Youth I.D.E.A.S. has discussed the issue of encouraging young-olds’ employment as a means of alleviating […]
August 26, 2018

Nurturing Talent for Governance

Youth I.D.E.A.S. 33 Governance and Constitutional Development Nurturing Talent for Governance 26 August, 2018     Good public governance relies on people with outstanding talents performing their duties and exerting leadership skills in their positions. Those in public office, through making good decisions and effectively using public resources to resolve social problems, improve people’s livelihoods, gain the public’s trust and make society better. Developing a pool of talent for governance is getting more attention, with many governments around the world building talent pools in areas including talent identification, training, practice and experiences retention. Some governments have also strengthened their talent […]
July 26, 2018

Boosting Birth Rate in Hong Kong

Youth I.D.E.A.S. 32 Society and Livelihood Boosting Birth Rate in Hong Kong 26 July 2018     With the Baby Boomer generation entering old age, Hong Kong is currently experiencing a rapidly aging population. In 2016 there were 1.16 million people aged over 65 and this is expected to double to 2.37 million by 2036. The elderly dependency ratio is also expected to double to 527 in 2036, compared to 231 in 2016.   As well as longer lifespans, a low birth rate is also contributing to Hong Kong’s aging population. According to the World Bank, Hong Kong’s fertility rate […]
June 26, 2018

Encouraging Young-Olds Employment

Youth I.D.E.A.S. 31 Employment and Economic Development Encouraging Young-Olds Employment 26 June, 2018     The world is currently facing the problems of an aging population and a shrinking labour force.  The International Labour Organization (ILO) points out that two billion people will be aged 60 or over by 2050.  This means that there will be a change in labour supply, and many industries will have to attract more workers from the older sections of the population.  The ILO proposes that policies should be formulated to provide post-retirement opportunities to retrain older workers so they can perform other jobs in […]